Litigation Support & Expert Witness Construction Defects

We provide litigation support for new home construciton and remodeling defect cases. We will help you to gather defensible documentation in the event you find yourself challenging the workmanship performed on your property. Mr. Showalter has testiified and been sworn in as an expert wiitness on several cases.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Stephen Lee Showalter, NACHI® CMI, ASHI ACI
Stephen ShowalterHome Inspector, Environmental Consultant

CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIP:
Maryland State Home Inspector License #29634 
ASHI ACI Certified Membership
NACHI® CMI Certified Master Inspector
InterNACHI® CPI Certified Membership
Certified Commercial Property Inspector Association
FAA Certified UAV Pilot

EDUCATION:
Building Performance Institute; BPI Building Analyst
Building Performance Institute; BPI Building Envelope
2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
2009 IRC Plan Review and Inspection for Maryland
National Environmental Health Association-Radon sampling
American Society of Home Inspectors Conferences
National Association of Home Inspectors Education Conferences
Indoor Environmental Standards Organization Educational Conferences
Studied Architecture-Anne Arundel Community College

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OCCUPATION and SERVICES:
Home and Building Inspection Services, has performed over 15,000 inspections since 1988
Commercial Building Inspections
New Home Construction Inspections
Historic Home Inspections
Thermal Imaging Services
Environmental Consulting, Including Radon Testing and Mold Sampling
New Home Construction Arbitration Experience
Instructor for Home Inspectors and Real Estate Agents
Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony 1988-Present

ACCOMPLISHMENTS 1988-Present
Past President of the National Association of Home Inspectors
Served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Inspectors 8 Years
Past President and Founding Member of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors
New Home Construction Arbitrator
Instructor for Maryland Board of Realtors and Several Counties;1993-Current
GRI Instructor for the Maryland Board of Realtors 301 Environmental Education
Maryland Board of Realtor 2011 Conference Instructor on Historic Homes
Founding Member of the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors
Founding Member of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization
Featured Speaker at the National Association of Realtors National Conference
Featured Speaker at the Maryland Association of Realtors State Conference
Featured Speaker at the American Society of Home Inspectors National Conference
Featured Speaker at the National Association of Home Inspectors National Conference
Featured Speaker at the National Pillar to Post Inspection National Conference
Featured Speaker at the National Association of Property Managers Conference
Past President and Founder of Building Specs, a National Home Inspection and Training Company
Testified before the House and Senate of the State of Maryland on the Home Inspection Industry
CRI Designation, Certified Residential Inspector (NAHI)
Performed over 12,000 Building Inspections and Environmental Assessments.
Extensive experience in Mold and Moisture investigation in Maryland and the Florida Keys
Expert Witness in the Queen Anne County, MD Court System
Developed a Nationally Recognized training program for Home Inspectors and has personally trained over 1000 home inspectors from the beginning inspector to continuing education programs.
Developed a building inspection reporting system used by inspectors throughout the United Sates and Canada.
International Conference of Building Officials Membership
Developed a Comprehensive Reporting System and Maintenance Manual used and Recognized Nationally for Home Inspectors.
Featured on 3 episodes of HGTV House Detectives.
Features in 2 Instructional DVDs on Home Inspections
Produced several internationally recognized instructional DVDs on home Inspection and Code related topics.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Building Specs Inc.-Weekly courses and the national education conference
Developed syllabus and overall course structure and administered overall curriculum. Created the Curriculum and Presentations for all aspects of Home, Property and Environmental Inspection.
Instructor – Indoor Environmental Standards Organization
Helped develop the syllabus and overall course structure for the certification program.

Instructor – Boards of Realtors
National Association of Realtors, Maryland Association of Realtors, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Prince Georges, Frederick, Cecil County, Champion Realty, Long and Foster Realty, Coldwell Banker and Prudential Key West Realty.
Calvert County Historic Trust.

National Conferences-Featured Speaker-On some of the following topics, home inspections, new home defects, historic homes and report writing
The National Association of Home Inspectors
American Society of Home Inspectors
National Association of Property Managers
New Home Construction Defects, Lorman
National Association of Realtors
Pillar to Post Franchise Convention

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Providing building inspections, environmental assessments and litigation support on construction defects in Maryland and the Florida Keys.

President and Founder of Building Specs Inc., 1988-2005
National and local inspection and environmental testing company.

Construction Superintendent
Managed large scale historic renovations and constructed multi-million-dollar homes. Performed hands on carpentry through all phases of construction Carpenter from upstate New York, Annapolis Maryland, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the Florida Keys.

Carpentry and Roofing Construction, 1976-1993
Honed carpentry and other related skills working on construction sites from track home construction in Maryland, custom homes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, renovating historic home in Keys West, Maryland and the Berkshire foothills of New York.
Extensive hands-on experience with carpentry skill form framing, cabinetry and trim.


 

Jack GallagherJack Gallagher
Swimming Pool Consultant, Environmental Consultant

InterNachi Swimming Pool & Spa Inspector – Jack has spent many years in the Swimming Pool construction and service industry. He has construction experience in both gunite/shotcrete structures, as well as vinyl liner pool construction. Jack has inspected hundreds of swimming pools both concrete and vinyl. Showalter Property Consultants has a unique and detailed methods for inspecting in-gound swimming pools.

Years of service experience allows him to bring a level of comfort to experienced, and especially first time pool buyers. His comprehensive Swimming Pool Inspection Reports, including color underwater video of the complete pool shell, are well regarded in the market from Potomac to Ocean City, and Lutherville to Southern Maryland. Customer attention is his focus.

Since we do not perform and repairs or service work ourselves, there is no conflict of interest in performing your inspection. The findings are presented in a manner that you can easily obtain quotes for repairs by local pool service companies, and Jack is always available by phone to help you with any questions…sometimes while he is enjoying his own pool!

Mold Sampling – Jack has completed InterNACHI’s Mold Inspector Training and ADVANCED Mold Inspector Training courses. Having assisted in many mold investigations, Jack has become fluent in all areas if sampling to include air, swab, tape lift and VOC sampling. Every report returned to a client includes additional information documents to inform the client on specific test results. A follow up phone call is always made to make sure the client knows exactly what was found, possible effects to the client and family, as well as recommended next-steps.

Radon Testing – Jack has performed hundreds of radon tests in the Annapolis/Baltimore/Eastern Shore market. Using the most comprehensive testing equipment available, our tests give you MUCH more than just a number. Each report includes at least 48 data points to enable you to see trends, not just a raw number. While usually associated with a Real Estate transaction, we have performed many tests for people that just want to know the quality of the air they breathe in their own homes.

Water Sampling – Maryland certified, Jack has taken the required water collection class from Maryland in order to take water samples in the Maryland.

Home Inspection – While still in the training stage, Jack is diligently working his way through the InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector Course. He looks forward to expanding his inspection career with Showalter Property Consultants!

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